• Volume 10 Number 4 - April 2015

    Features

    Quiet down, change calls or change positions to get the drop on a tom that stops out of range and won’t come any closer

    Hunt turkeys long enough, and every hunter will learn that some gobblers are just more difficult to kill than others.  A few years of experience usually enables hunters to call reasonably well and have a suitable sense of woodsmanship. Many take gobblers with reasonable regularity.  

    Big stripers will move shallow on main-lake points at Lake Hartwell this month, and nothing catches them a big Bomber.

    Mack Farr scratches his head when he talks about Lake Hartwell’s great striped bass fishing. A well-known guide who lives in Buford, Ga., Farr spends most of the spring fishing Hartwell, an hour or so up I-85 from his normal home waters of Lake Lanier.

    Don’t ignore saltwater ponds in April. They’re full of fish, especially big flounder.

    A handful of anglers fishing a pond in Pawleys Island reeled in some grass, pine straw and a small pinfish, prompting a comment from an onlooker: “This pond isn’t worth fishing.”

    Find the shallow flats that are holding catfish on Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion and fill your cooler this month.

    Fishermen come from all over to visit the Santee Cooper lakes every year, many to target the great numbers of catfish and the possibility of catching a trophy. And with fish shallow and spawning, spring is a perfect storm for the jumbo whisker lover.

    Look for clear water, avoid still water, change lure colors and cover a lot of ground in your search for spring specks.

    As March rolls into April, changes begin in the inshore waters of South Carolina that bring a smile to the faces of fishermen. Shrimp, menhaden and yearling fry begin showing up in creeks, and speckled trout become more active and feed more aggressively.

    Sticking with basic calls and setting up where you can see a turkey approaching are two tenets Lombard held in the woods.

    We sat spellbound as the late Jack Lombard of Mountain Rest talked about the birth of modern turkey hunting in South Carolina. He spoke softly, without pretense. At 86, a few months before he passed away, he had nothing to prove. The competitive ways of youth were long behind him. His eyes had a faraway look as his thoughts went to a life filled with turkey hunting success.

    Expanding forage base, burgeoning aquatic vegetation has led to an explosion in Lake Wateree’s bass fishery.

    Lake Wateree has long been respected as a great place to catch hefty largemouth bass and good numbers of chunky fish. In 2014, the stars aligned and the spring fishing exploded with bigger fish.